The #FixTheCountry leader’s bail has been rescheduled for 16th March 2022 by the Tema High Court.
The bail application was initially set to be heard on Thursday March 10th 2022.
However, a late opposition to the bail application by the Attorney General’s office made it impossible.
In the main, the Attorney General’s office, in its opposition, alleged that: (a) Oliver did not have a fixed place of abode; and (b) was not cooperating with the police in its investigations.
These were serious allegations that Oliver’s lawyer needed to respond to.
The response filled by Oliver’s lawyer refute these allegations. On the issue of Oliver not having a fixed place of abode, his lawyers in the court documents showed that he had a fixed place of abode and further stated that, Oliver had taken the police to the said place where intrusive searches were carried on.
On the allegations that Oliver had refused to cooperate with the police in assessing the contents of his phone, his lawyers refuted this allegation and attached a correspondence showing his request doran agreed date and time for the exercise.
It is worth noting that, the police have had his phone since his arrest.
The High Court directed Oliver’s lawyer to file their response by close of day (Thursday, 10th March 2022, 3pm)
The court further directed the Attorney General’s Office to file any response by close of Friday, March 11, 2022.
TEMA HIGH COURT HEARING
At the court on Monday, 14th March 2022, the Lead counsel of Oliver Barker-Vormawor, Akoto Ampaw disagreed to the Facebook comment reason for arresting his client making reference that, the post by Mr. Oliver on Facebook was a conditional phrase which he disclosed from his perspective in relation to coups in the subregion.
From his submissions, he made it crystal clear that what his client posted on Facebook was crime free and doesn’t warrant an arrest.
The Lead counsel, Akoto Ampaw added again that his client Mr. Oliver is free from the alleged allegations the Attorney-General is levelling against him.
Also, the Senior State Attorney Hilda Craig told the court that Oliver’s words on his Facebook wall “showed a statement of intent, which he followed through by coming to Ghana.”
The Senior State Attorney Hilda Craig continued by saying that, Oliver does not have a fixed abode in the country so, he can’t be granted a bail.
She also described Mr. Oliver’s attitude as been “abusive” in the custody of the police.
She added again that, such “abusive” attitude displayed under the auspices of the is a clear indication that when granted his request (bail), he might not support the investigation team.
With regards to the passport possession issue, the Senior State Attorney made the court aware that “many people traveled outside the country using unapproved routes and hence the accused was still a flight risk.”
After hearing from both parties in the Tema High Court, Presiding judge Daniel Mensahthe ruling on the application and gave them 16th March 2022.